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There’s always a cause to fight in Old Town.

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Originally the Second Presbyterian Church, built in 1840, the building at 601 Prince St has also housed a civil war hospital, the Virginia Tech Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center, and is now the Alexandria Economic Development Partnership.

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King Street trolley is free and runs every fifteen minutes from the King Street metro station to City Hall near the waterfront.

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The rooflines of these three townhouses is interesting.

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The tall ship Providence is a sloop anchored in Alexandria on the Potomac between Prince and King streets. Records of the ship’s first voyages start in 1769. You can learn about the ship and even take a sunset sail during part of the year.

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The Basilica St. Mary’s bell tower. BSM is the oldest Roman Catholic Church in Virginia. Founded in 1795.

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Many of the homes in Old Town have gas lamps.

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Even though we’re in the middle of a historic district, it’s still just a regular neighborhood with regular shopping and grocery stores.

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The house on the left looks like it’s made of stone blocks. It actually has the same treatment that Mount Vernon does. They used planks of wood shaped like blocks, then they mix sand in with the paint to give it a stone-like texture.

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Cur non? On October 12, 1824 Major General Marquis de Lafayette, soldier, statesman, citizen of France and of the United States was the guest of the city of Alexandria and with his suite was domiciled in this house. Erected by the American friends of Lafayette May 11, 1963

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I didn’t get a chance to get out during daylight today. So I’ll share a photo of my library wall in my home office; recently reorganized.

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The Tunnel Flats. A group of one bedroom apartments right at the entrance to the Wilkes Tunnel. Not pictured here, but there’s a cute little courtyard on the inside.

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So many great front steps in Old Town.

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Engine 201 at AFD station 201 in Old Town.

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Foggy night and it’s creeping up through the Wilkes Street tunnel. Photo stolen from the wife.

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It sure is a bright yellow! But it must be historically accurate. The plaque on the front means it was granted Early Building status. Which means they’re subject to specific rules for painting.

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Our local, tiny USPS mailbox.

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Snow (sand) volleyball court at Windmill Hill park with townhomes on South Lee St at the top of the park.

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Alexandria has its own version of Painted Ladies too.

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A transformer blew out across the street. The fire department had to just watch the pole on fire until the electric company came to turn off the power.